In the few days leading up to Amanda Palmer's music + book tour event, I was excited but nervous. Nervous because I was going alone to a Minneapolis venue where I'd never been. Nervous because I was a plain middle-aged suburban mom inserting myself into a crowd of what I (correctly) imagined to be pierced-and-tattooed hip young people. Nervous because I was familiar with Amanda Palmer by association with a couple of her fans and was not myself a fan. (In case you're not familiar with Amanda Palmer, this might be a good time for me to warn you that she's quite fond of the f-word, and it pops up in her lyrics fairly often.)
Had I not paid in advance for my ticket, I would have stayed put in my warm suburban house with my family instead of venturing out in the cold dark night to an evening of unknowns.
Friends, I am deeply grateful that I pushed myself
outside my comfort zone.
With Amanda Palmer's opening number, her song "In My Mind," I knew I was in the right place. That affirmation continually expanded throughout the evening, and I was moved to tears more than once.
Watch her f-word-free TED Talk, and you'll learn how art is about connecting and connecting is not just human but universal.
Here's a laundry list of the lessons Amanda Palmer gave me as a member of her audience:
- What I'm doing, what you're doing is important.
- Ask for what you need. Practice extreme graciousness.
- Everything we experience is yin-yang, two sides of one coin:
struggles/silver linings, lost/found, give/take.
- Be truly, authentically YOU. (See bullet #1 above.)
- We are all connected. (Yes! We are all connected!)
Leaving the event, I felt connected to everyone there. I felt raw and vulnerable, split wide open, ready to honor my newly expanded heart.
Writing about this experience prompts too many questions for me to pose here. What questions or reflections do the lessons raise for you? Share your thoughts below in a comment or at our community page on Facebook. It works to connect on twitter too.
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